The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump celebrates veterans in NYC |  Loud protesters along Fifth Ave. |  Pence at Arlington National Ceremony |  Public impeachment hearings start Wednesday |  What to watch |  Networks preempt coverage |  GOP Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Treasury withheld nearly M from FDNY 9/11 health program MORE won’t seek reelection | Record-breaking cold set to hit East Coast |  National Sundae Day



The closed doors are opening:  

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, House Democrats are shifting the impeachment inquiry into the public phase this week, holding the first public hearings on Capitol Hill. http://bit.ly/2NYCeDD

The inquiry up until now: “Since Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Calif.) formally launched the impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24, Democrats have kept their investigation largely from the public eye, interviewing more than a dozen diplomats and national security officials — obscure figures, to the name — in a secluded meeting room of the Capitol, three stories below ground, where even lawmakers must check their cell phones at the door.” 


And going forward: “That will change on Wednesday, when Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, will launch a Phase 2 of public hearings into Trump's dealings with Ukraine, featuring a pair of witnesses embroiled in the administration's campaign to pressure foreign leaders in Kiev to find dirt on Trump's political opponents at home.”


George Kent, a senior official at The State Department is testifying on Wednesday 

William Taylor, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is testifying on Wednesday.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted, is testifying on Friday.


Over the weekend, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) turned down a Republican request for Hunter Biden and the unnamed whistleblower to testify. http://bit.ly/2NU0zKA


“ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS on Wednesday will preempt their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee's open impeachment hearings of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE.” http://bit.ly/2Qi4aVZ

Plus: “As expected, all of the major cable news networks, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and CSPAN will also offer live coverage.” http://bit.ly/2Qi4aVZ 

It’s Monday. Happy Veterans Day to all. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Celebrating veterans:


This morning, President Trump spoke at the New York City Veterans Day parade and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony.  

Livestream of the speechhttps://cs.pn/2NZsZmG

Tidbit outside the speech: “Incredibly loud protests outside the Trump speech along Fifth Avenue, with whistles, chants of ‘Lock him up!’" (Via The New York Times’s Maggie Habermanhttp://bit.ly/33CUTeO 

^Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Maggie Haberman to pen book about Trump's life and legacy Pence to spend time in Florida as Trump refuses to concede MORE then added: “This is all a reminder of why it would have been virtually impossible for Trump to return to NY to live after the White House.” http://bit.ly/2X2iQcY 

Across the street: There is an “impeach” sign on a building across the street. Photo via Bloomberg’s Jordan Fabianhttp://bit.ly/33EwUf5 

Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpLara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Juan Williams: Defeated Trump is in legal peril Trump campaign ends voter fraud hotline after it's filled with prank calls MORE and Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread De Blasio to reopen New York elementary schools in reversal Macy's will still hold Thanksgiving Day Parade amid pandemic MORE shake hands: Here’s a photo, via The New York Post’s Jon Levinehttp://bit.ly/2X55QTZ 

The view from the back: http://bit.ly/2CwSl5Z


Vice President Pence spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2Q8bGCI


What else is happening in Congress this week:

Export-Import Bank: “The House is expected to take up legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which aims to aid the export of American goods and services, this week, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Biden unveils batch of his White House team This week: Congress races to wrap work for the year MORE (D-Md.) said in a Dear Colleague letter sent to the caucus. Congress faces a Nov. 21 deadline before its current funding expires.” 

Equal Rights Amendment: “The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up legislation to eliminate the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.” 

Government funding: “Top members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are scheduled to meet this week as they try to break a stalemate on fiscal 2020 negotiations.”  

Nominations: “The Senate is keeping its focus on nominations this week, after returning to Washington on Tuesday.” 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke and Jordain Carneyhttp://bit.ly/36W72NO

Another retirement party to plan:

After 28 years in Washington, longtime Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) announced this morning that he is not running for reelection. http://bit.ly/33GnWhy

He said in a statement: "This was not an easy decision. But there is a season for everything and Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.” Read his full statementhttp://bit.ly/2qGP5ST

Why now: “My daughter’s recent move to North Carolina certainly accelerated my thinking.” 

King’s tenure: “King, 75, serves on the House Homeland Security and Financial Services committees. He was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in 2005-2006 and again in 2011-2012.”


“A wave of House GOP retirements is creating headaches for party leaders and suggesting Republicans see little chance of winning back the chamber in 2020.” http://bit.ly/33GnWhy

So far: “Almost two dozen Republicans have announced this cycle that they are retiring from the lower chamber, resigning or running for other offices. A handful of those departing lawmakers would have faced tough reelections in competitive districts, but a vast majority occupy safe, conservative seats.”


This morning — Bernie’s got a plan for that:

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) announced his proposed agenda for Veterans Affairs services. http://bit.ly/2NCUCmH

The gist: “Sanders pledges to fill 50,000 job vacancies at the VA in his first year in office and ensure that those with military service in every state and territory have access to full health care services. He also proposes investing $62 billion in funding for VA infrastructure to repair and modernize facilities.”

Read his planhttp://bit.ly/2NzRF6f


Record-breaking cold is coming:

Via CNN’s Judson Jones, “This week's Arctic blast will be so cold, forecasters expect it to break more than 300 records across US.” Details and forecasthttps://cnn.it/2NCRs21







The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is in New York, N.Y. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

Today: Veterans Day. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/32FFEQN

11:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at the Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thursday: The Hill is hosting an event, “America's Veterans: The Next Mission.” Details and how to RSVPhttp://bit.ly/36Ix47j


10:30 a.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Biden unveils batch of his White House team Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations USAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 MORE participated in the New York City Veterans Day Parade. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/34PoXE3 

9 p.m. EST: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE participates in a CNN town hall.


Today is National Sundae Day.

And to liven your Monday, here’s a dog getting a haircut: http://bit.ly/2Q7kuIY